Bedsore and Nail Treatment Codes

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Answer the Following Questions:

1. Q) What is the code range used to report debridement associated with open fracture? ANSWER: 11010-11012

2. Q) Name three methods of skin tag removal.
ANSWER: scissors, scalpel, tweezers

3. Q) Describe a keratosis.
ANSWER: It is a callus or horny growth

4. Q) Is it necessary to use modifier -51 for nail treatment codes? Explain. ANSWER: The nail treatment codes do not require the use of modifier -51 because the codes indicate the number of nails included in the code. Units are used to report the service of multiple nails. For example, when reporting the removal of 3 nails, 11730 is used to report the first nail, and 11732 x 2 reports the second and third nails.

5. Q) Name the three would repair services that are not reported separately. ANSWER: Simple ligation, simple exploration, and normal debridement

6. Q) Name four of the six items that modifier -59 is used to identify. ANSWER: Different session or patient encounter, different procedure or surgery, different site or organ system, separate incision/excision

7. Q) Adjacent tissue transfers reported according to _________________. ANSWER: the size of the recipient site measured in square centimeters

8. Q) How is the size of a repair reported for adults and children? ANSWER: The size of the repair is reported in square centimeters for adults and in the Rule of Nines or the Lund-Browder for children.

9. Q) Where are decubitis ulcers normally found?
ANSWER: A pressure ulcer is a decubitus ulcer or a bedsore found on areas of the body that have bony projections, such as the hips, ankle projection, heel, and the area above the tailbone.
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